Kanoa Igarashi has been a spectacle for the surf world since he was a Huntington Beach grom. The Japanese-American surfer speaks multiple languages -- including fluent Portuguese -- has won Athlete of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year awards, has been a Japanese reality TV star since he was 11-years-old and dabbles in philosophy.
Yesterday, on the day the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would have begun, he unveiled the "Like Father, Like Son" project with Beats By Dre showcasing the deep connection he has with his dad, Tsutomu.
The video is set around dream his father had before Kanoa was born. In the dream, Tsutomu -- most people just call him Tom -- meets Kanoa for the first time, and together they go for a swim in the ocean. Amid the chaos of waves breaking around them, they dive down and find peace underwater. A familiar feeling for most surfers.
The spot ends when Kanoa wakes up from the dream and Tsutomu tells Kanoa "The only thing I can say, is that I remember it. In my heart, in my sacrifice, and in my dreams. And I think you remember, too."
Whether or not this story is true, Kanoa and his father share a beautiful connection. The support and encouragement he had from a young age has undoubtedly shaped Kanoa into the accomplished surfer he is today.
Next on the horizon for Kanoa is competing for Japan in surfing's Olympic debut. With another year to train, and full support from his his family, Kanoa could be the one to bring home the Gold.
And if he does, we think it will be for his dad.